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On the Foundation of the Indigenous Psychologies

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Abstract:

Scientific indigenous psychologies have been developed mostly in non-western countries. Indigenous psychologies, seeing mainstream psychology as too western in its cultural foundation, are based on the culture of the society being investigated. In this article I critique the concept of culture used by representative researchers of indigenous psychologies in the English-language literature and contrast it to current concepts of culture in the social sciences. Furthermore, I argue that the concept of culture used in this literature has implications for the cultural contents that are identified as the culture of a specific society. I also suggest that the political dimensions of what contents of culture are associated with a specific society are not given sufficient attention in this literature. Finally, alternative approaches to culture for the indigenous psychologies are discussed.

Keywords: Culture Concept; Indigenous Psychologies; Research Programme

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02691728.2010.534564

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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